You are the Program Management Office (PMO) Director of a successful Fortune 1000 company. You have spent years developing processes and standards to deliver projects on-time and on-budget. You may have also introduced strategic value by implementing project/program prioritization and selection processes to support your company’s annual planning & budgeting cycle. And you have likely Read more about Focused Value of Project & Portfolio Management[…]
The ‘Organizer’ within Microsoft Project (Standard and Professional) allows one to quickly copy various Microsoft Project objects (fields, groups, filters, calendars, tables, modules, reports, and views) from one Microsoft Project file or Enterprise Project schedule to another. Learn how leveraging the MS Project Organizer will help with your templates and elements. In a Microsoft Project Read more about Leveraging the MS Project Organizer[…]
When you’re working on a project, you need to understand how your different tasks will affect when your project ends in order to reach important deadlines. To help manage those important dates, Microsoft Project offers functionality to allow Project Managers the option to enter/set a deadline for any task in the project schedule. Deadlines in Read more about How To Use Deadlines in Microsoft Project[…]
One of the most common perceptions of being a successful business analyst when entering an industry is they need to have in-depth knowledge and expertise in that industry. Although it is beneficial, it is not the key criteria to delivering a successful project. Broadly speaking, Business Analyst encompasses a wide range of expertise that adds Read more about How a Business Analyst Can Succeed in Any Industry[…]
A practical approach to driving Quick Wins for supporting Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) capabilities and how best to get started adding immediate value
It is important to make a distinction between reactive project managers and proactive project managers. In other words, the difference between a project manager and a great project manager. Often, project managers end up in their roles accidentally because they were good at the technical side of the project, or there was a gap that needed to be filled, or maybe just a wrong personal/professional decision. However, if you are one of the enthusiasts in this occupation, there are a lot of things that can be done to deliver results beyond the stakeholders’ expectations by being a proactive project manager.
During one of my assignments with EPMA I facilitated a client’s efforts in planning the testing activities that led to the qualification of a prototype. This was part of their product development process in the scope of a complex project, for which I was providing my project management services. In one of these planning sessions, Read more about Quality Management System: Are You Doing It Right?[…]
5 Signs it’s Time to Fire Your PPM Consultant I saw a meme the other day quoting Macy’s CEO, Ed Finkelstein: “A consultant is someone who takes your watch away to tell you what time it is.” Have consultants been reduced to the same stigma as a used car salesman? Is consulting a dying service? Read more about 5 Signs it’s Time to Fire Your PPM Consultant[…]